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October 22, 2019
Guilford County, North Carolina
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Description of Work

This posting is available only to current employees of the North Carolina Department of Justice.

Thisposition is located in theDrug ChemistrySection of the Triad Lab in Greensboro, N.C.

Salary offers are based upon the candidate's education andexperience related to the position, as well as departmental budget and equity considerations.

For current State employees, please note that as of June 1, 2018, promotional priority and salary administration will be made based on the new Statewide NC Classification System.

The North Carolina Department of Justice, led by the Attorney General of North Carolina, represents the State of North Carolina in court and provides legal advice and representation to most state government departments, agencies, officers, and commissions. The Department also represents the State in criminal appeals from state trial courts, and brings legal actions on behalf of the state and its citizens when the public interest is at stake.


The primary purpose of the Drug Chemistry Section is to provide the North Carolina Criminal Justice System with trained and experienced forensic scientists who analyze evidence seized in the course of criminal investigations. The forensicservices provided include laboratory analysis and expert witness testimony in the areas of controlled substances, drug dilution, drug tampering and clandestine drug laboratories.


The primary purpose of this Forensic Scientist III is to perform casework at all levels? an equitable share of the analyses performed by the Section, prepare written reports of the results of the analyses; provide expert testimony in court on the results of the analyses. The position is also responsible for one or more collateral duties within the Drug Chemistry section.

The Forensic Scientist III performs casework on various types of evidence seized by Law Enforcement officers in the course of drug investigations. Examples of this evidence may include, but not be limited to unknown powders, tablets, botanicals and liquids and clandestine laboratory submissions. The Forensic Scientist III can perform all casework that a Forensic Scientist II can perform and additionally, drug tampering/dilutions andcases that involve tampering of food products.


Forensic Scientists help to maintain the laboratory equipment and instrumentation and may perform repairs. Forensic Scientists, using current SOPs, prepare chemical reagents, solvents, and perform and documentpquality control tests on chemical reagents, solvents, equipment, and instrumentation. The Forensic Scientist is responsible for collecting data for various administrative reports. This position will be responsible for coordinating the revision of SOPs as needed. This position will be responsible for assisting the Training Coordinator with the training of new employees. A Forensic Scientist III will be assigned one or more collateral duties reserved for a Forensic Scientist II or III. {See addendum} Forensic Scientist III collateral duties require advanced knowledge and laboratory experience.

This position will be responsible for assisting the Forensic Scientist Supervisor with their collateral duties, as assigned. The Forensic Scientist III may be left in charge of the section in the absence of the supervisor and manager


This position is responsible for the technical review of their peer's laboratory reports to ensure they meet laboratory standards for quality assurance prior to issuance. It is the reviewer's responsibility to ensure that all relevant standard operating procedures (SOPs) were followed, and that there are no administrative errors in the case's report or supporting documentation.This position will review all types of Drug Chemistry reports, at all levels of difficulty.


The Forensic Scientist must testify in state and federal courts as to his/her analysis of the evidence. The Forensic Scientist is, through education, training and experience, qualified by the court as an expert in the field of forensic drug chemistry before being allowed to testify about the analysis. As an expert witness, the Forensic Scientist must explain and defend in detail the analysis, including the procedures and techniques used; the results of the analysis; and how the results of the analysis apply in the given case

This position is subject to mandatory overtime and serving in an on-call capacity. Position is subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • In accordance withN.C. Gen. Stat. Sec. 126-1.1( c), effective July 11, 2016, employees who are hired by a State agency, department or university in a sworn law enforcement position or forensic scientist position and who are required to complete a formal training program prior to assuming law enforcement or forensic scientist duties with the hiring agency, department or university shall become career State employees only after being employed by the agency, department or university for 24 continuous months .
  • Employees who transfer into forensic scientist positions from other positions within N.C. State government and are currently Career State employees will be required to complete a probationary period of24 additional months.
  • In accordance with Section 17.5 of Senate Bill 402, The Department of Justice shall not hire sworn personnel to fill vacant positions in the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory. Nothing in this section shall be construed to require the termination of sworn personnel, but as vacant positions in the State Laboratory are filled, they shall be filled only with non sworn personnel. Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect North Carolina State Crime Laboratory personnel who are sworn and employed by the Laboratory as of the effective date of this section and who continue to meet the sworn status retention standards mandated by the NC Criminal Justice Education and Standards Commission.

Interested candidates who have not previously participated in a State Crime Lab polygraph assessment may be subject to a polygraph and criminal background check.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

1. Employees must have a working knowledge of the principles, concepts, theories, reference sources, and laboratory practices involved with the forensic examination of evidence.

2. Employees must have a working knowledge of criminal law and of the rules and regulations regarding evidence gathering.

3. Employees must have a working knowledge of scientific methodology and of laboratory safety practices.

4. Ability to perform and record complex standardized and non-standardized laboratory tests and procedures.

5. Ability to analyze results, interpret methodology, and to understand and solve theoretical problems.

6. Ability to express technical information clearly both orally and in writing when reporting results, testifying, or explaining procedures to others.

7. Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions.

8. Ability to perceive colors normally and make olfactory distinctions.

9. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Drug Chemistry/Toxicology - Bachelor's degree with a major in chemistry, toxicology, pharmaceutical science with chemistry concentration (organic, inorganic, analytical or physical), forensic science (with concentration in chemistry or toxicology), biochemistry, pharmacology or closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution and four years of experience performing bench level analysis in drug chemistry / toxicology; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Management preference: 6 years of related experience.

Supplemental and Contact Information

Computer literacy is an important component of all DOJ jobs, we encourage you to apply electronically. All applicants must complete and submit a State application for employment using the NEOGOV Online Job Application System ( for the State of North Carolina.

To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the online application form. Any information not included on the application form cannot be considered for qualifying credit. Embedded or attached resumes are not accepted as a substitution for a completed application.

Applicants seeking Veteran's Preference must attach a copy of their DD-214 or discharge orders.

The NC Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The NC Department of Justice uses Merit-Based Recruitment to select from among the most qualified applicants to fill positions subject to the State Human Resources Act. Once the position has been filled, all on-line applicants will be notified via the e-mail provided at the time of application.

NC Department of Justice
Human Resources Office
Lisa Sasser, Recruitment Specialist
114 W. Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

For permanent appointments:

State of North Carolina employees have the opportunity to participate in a compelling array of benefits to enhance their quality of life, their health, andtheir future. Benefits includeemployee health insurance options, standard and supplemental retirement plans, NC Flex (a variety of high-quality, low cost benefits on a pre-tax basis), and paid vacation, sick, and community service leave,to name a few. Some benefits require 30 + hours work/weekfor participation. To find out about these, andotherprograms, please visit our Employee Benefits page:

For temporary, contractor other supplemental staffing appointments:

**There are no paid leave, retirement or other benefits associated with these appointment types.**

This position is available to current N.C. Department of Justice Employees only. Are you currently employed at the N.C. Department of Justice?

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I understand that if I have not previously participated in a State Crime Lab polygraph assessment, I may be subject to a polygraph and criminal background check.

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